Musicians: KAYE (Saxophonist)

KAYE (Saxophonist)
Arguably the first, and one of the very few saxophonists playing in the Singapore club scene, Kaye’s love for Jazz has branched into adventures with club music. A Jazz influenced musician, Kaye has gone off the beaten track, preferring to build his style with computers, DJs and clubs, instead of other musicians in typical live music venues.

His niche position of being possibly the only regular live musician feature in the Singapore clubbing scene still stands, and that is definitely worth noting. Being an electronic music producer and DJ as well has made him one of the very few in the industry who “gets it”, and has enabled him to craft out interesting blends of live music in an electronic setup - all geared for the dancefloor.

 

Kaye was a resident in one of Singapore’s leading underground clubs, Liquid Room / Sound Bar for four years, and the now defunct (but sorely missed) beach club KM8. He also spent a year at Stereolounge, and was a regular feature at other prime outlets like Hacienda in Dempsey, La Maison, Velvet Underground, Wavehouse and Krish.

 

An electronic music producer as well, his original material has been featured on compilations from Universal and IO Music, and has done production work for Nokia, Arts Central (Frequency of the City Season 1 & 2), as well as mini projects for radio shows (Zouk Radio, Lush 99.5).

 

With his DJ partner Dean (Funk Bast*rd), they have a production outfit as well (known as Cosa Nostra). Together, they have remixed international artists and travelled extensively. (refer to / request for Cosa Nostra bio for more details).

 

Not a stranger to the studio recording scene as well, his sax can be heard on albums and tracks released by Electrico, X’ Ho, Vanessa Fernandez, Michaela Therese, Sheikh Haikel, Olivia Ong; Singaporean movie soundtracks (Forever Fever, Chicken Rice War); and a whole host of other work, including a remix of Hong Kong diva Sandy Lam.

 

Listed below is a compilation of some of the more high profile events he has played at thus far (it’s a long list!):

 

Performances for fashion and luxury lifestyle events:

 

- Coach (2012)

- Tag Heuer (2012)

- Piaget (2012)

- “The New Face of Lexus” (2012)

- Vertu Constellation launch event (2011)

- Michael Kors grand opening after party (2011)

- Christian Dior Homme Tuxedo (2011)

- Porsche Design Boutique opening (2011)

- Ferrari FF launch (2011)

- Vertu boutique opening at MBS (2011)

- Audi Fashion Festival (resident DJ for Belvedere VIP tent, 2011)

- Shamballa Jewellery launch at Hour Glass, Knightsbridge (2011)

- Longchamp MBS Boutique Opening (2011)

- Chopard 150th anniversary party cum launch of Animal World collection (2010)

- Ikepod launch in conjunction with Hour Glass 30th anniversary paty (2010)

- Chanel (2009)

- Shanghai Tang (2009)

- Swarovski (2009)

- Agnes B

- Bvlgari

- Christian Dior

- Chopard (Hanoi & Singapore)

- Ebel (1911 BTR launch)

- Gucci (Hong Kong)

- Hogans

- Joon Courteney

- Levi’s (Signature boutique launch, 2007)

- Louis Vuitton

- Mango (Spring/Summer launch, 2007)

- Omega

- Paul & Joe

- Roger Dubuis (Boutique Launch, K.L, 2006)

- Tiffany (Frank Gehry collection launch, 2006)

- Vacheron Constantin (2006)

Event highlights of misc prestigious brands, companies and organisations:

- Aesop store opening (2013)

- C-Side launch (Sentosa, 2013)

- Rolex Golf Challenge (2013)

- Mercedes A-200 launch (2013)

- Blackberry 10 launch (2013)

- Samsung Galaxy Note launch (2012)

- DBS Treasures Private Client Golf Day (2012)

- Gaggenau (2012)- Peugeot showroom grand opening (2012)

- Leica boutique grand opening at Mandarin Gallery (2012)

- Twining’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Party (2012)

- Randstand Awards 2012

- Whiskey Live 2012

- Scotts Square Grand Opening (2012)

- Bombay Sapphire (2011)

- Travel & Leisure Anniversary (2011)

- Glenmorangie (2011)

- Ku De Ta 1st Anniversary party (2011)

- Choya (2011)

- Standard Chartered (2011)

- BlackBerry Playbook launch (2011)

- Belvedere Vodka (2011)

- Shell (2011)

- UBS (2010)

- MasterCard Highlands Luxe Club Event (Genting, 2010)

- Media launch of 4th Sun Festival, Singapore (2010)

- Official opening of new Volkswagon showroom (2010)

- Turner Broadcasting System’s F3 Summit (2010)

- Que Pasa 15th Anniversary party (2010)

- CMPB at Dempsey (Grand Opening, 2010)

- Volkswagon (Polo Launch, 2009)

- Asian Television Awards (2009)

- President’s Young Talent Awards (2009)

- Chivas Regal (2009)

- APEC (2009)

- Red Bull F1 Party (2009)

- 100 Years of Moet in Singapore (2009)

- Volkswagon (2009)

- Henessy Artistry Series (2009)

- Boat Asia Gala Dinner (2009)

- Lexus Cup 2008 Gala Dinner

- Lexus Hybrid GS Launch (2008)

- TCC 5th Anniversary celebrations (2008)

- Estee Lauder 50th year Gala Dinner (2008)

- Damai Spa @ Grand Hyatt Opening (2008)

- Hamilton Scotts Condo launch (2008)

- Audi A5 & S5 launch (2008)

- St. Regis grand opening party (2008)

- Prive grand Opening party (2008)

- Dunhill “Fine Cut” launch (2007)

- SC Global “Hilltops” Condo launch (2007)

- L’Officiel Magazine launch (2007)

- Sony Ericsson T650i Launch (2007)

- Arena Magazine (2007)

- Krug (2007)- Mercedes C-Class Launch (2007)

- Lexean Magazine (2007)

- Johnnie Walker (2007)

- One Degree 15 Marina Club launch (2007)

- HSBC (2007)

- Mont Blanc (2007)

- Asean 40th Anniversary Celebration (Asean Rocks!, Hard Rock Café, 2007)

- Café Del Mar Grand Opening party (2007)

- Kandi Bar opening (Ministry of Sound, 2006)

- Sentosa Cove (2006)

- Knoll Showroom launch (2006)

- Mumm Champagne launch (2006)

- DBS Saab Visa Platinum Card launch (2006)

- DBS Black Card Lamborghini giveaway (2006)

- Icon Magazine 1st Anniversary party (2006)

- Porsche (2005)

- Paris Hilton (Fragrance Launch, K.L, 2005)

- Cortina Watch (2005)

- Ferrari (2005)

- Motorola (2005)

- Swarovski (2005)

- Loreal (Boutique Launch, K.L, 2005)

- Discovery Channel

 (10th Anniversary party 2004 & Discovery Lifestyle Networks launch 2005)

- Guinness (New Bottle Launch, K.L, 2004)

- CK Tang (store re-launch event, 2004)

- Morgan Stanley (2004)

- American Express (2004)

- Canon (2004)

- Absolut Vodka (2003)

- Salem (K.L, 2003)

- Space Furniture (2003)

 

Performances at music/fashion festivals/international events:

 

- Anilana Resort launch party (Sri Lanka, 2013)

- Savour food festival (2013)

- Zoukout 11 (2011)

- Singapore Grand Prix (2011)

- MajaHouse 1st Anniversary (Bandung, 2011)

- Zoukout 10 (2010)

- World Expo 2010 Closing Festival in Shanghai

- Singapore Grand Prix (2010)

- Inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games (as both music director and DJ for closing party)

- Gilles Peterson Worldwide Festival (as a solo act, 2010)

- Launch of Fashion Season (2010)

- Singapore Grand Prix (2009)- Gilles Peterson Worldwide Festival (2009)

- Audi Fashion Festival (2009)

- Volvo Ocean Race (2009)

- Zoukout (2008)

- Singapore Grand Prix (2008)

- Beijing 2008 Olympics (for Visa)

- Gilles Peterson Worldwide Festival (2008)

- Singapore Night Festival (2008)

- Opening gala & closing party for Singapore Fashion Festival (2008)

- Homemade 2007 (National Museum)

- Baybeats 2006 (Esplanade)

- Singapore Fashion Festival closing party (2005)

- Elevation245 (for Heineken, 2004)

- Elevation345 (for Heineken, 2003)

- The Chijmes Jazz Festival (2002)

- En Route (for Kinemat, 2001/2002)

- Zoukout.01 (2001)

Performances at post event parties:

- Lush Radio (launch party, 2005)

- Asian Television Awards (2004)

- Cirque du Soleil (2002)

 

Performances with (unless stated otherwise) international DJs / live acts:

 

- Arttu (Germany)

- San Soda (Belgium - warm up)

- Norman Jay (UK - warm up)

- Opolopo & Amalia (Sweden - warm up)

- Andreas Saag (Germany - warm up)

- Tiger & Woods (Italy - warm up)

- Souleance (France - warm up)

- Dåm Funk (USA - warm up)

- Jamie xx (UK - warm up)

- Fulgeance (France)

- Gerd Janson (Germany)

- Basic Soul Unit (Canada)

- Linkwood (UK)

- Recloose (New Zealand)

- Danilo Plessow (Motor City Drum Ensemble, Germany)

- Kerri Chandler (USA)

- Quasimode (Japan - warm up)

- Koop (Sweden - warm up)

- Reel People Sessions (including Oli Lazarus, UK)

- Kyoto Jazz Massive (JPN)- Yukihiro Fukutomi (JPN)

- DJ Vadim and the Russian Percussion (UK)

- Joseph Malik (Scotland)

- Russ Dewbury (UK)

- Nik Weston (UK)

- Zero DB (UK)

- Terri Pace (UK)

- Pablo Valentino (France)

- Sebastian Stang (Germany)

- Cricco Castelli (Italy)

- Smokescreen (UK)

 

Together with his DJ partner (Dean), they were nominated to headline a Heineken Green Room Session event (as Cosa Nostra) in Penang back in 2003. They have also headlined club parties in Jakarta’s MannaHouse Club (2004), Majahouse (1st anniversary party, 2011) and their own concert in the Esplanade (2008) featuring their unique brand of music, incorporating live musicians for the first time.

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